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Anthony Packes died of a brain tumor nine days after his son was born.
Anthony Packes died of a brain tumor nine days after his son was born. Photo Credit: Contributed

Paulie Packes was only 9 days old when his father, Anthony, a Stamford resident who grew up in Hawthorne, died of a brain tumor at the age of 36.

A GoFundMe page has been launched for the Packes family. As of Friday morning, the page has raised $51,565 in four days from 325 people.

Anthony was diagnosed with a brain tumor in March 2015. The tumor was surgically removed, and he was given a clean bill of health. He married Toni in October 2016, but his brain tumor returned last June.

While the tumor was surgically removed, it eventually resurfaced and was deemed inoperable.

"Anthony never lost his positivity and poured his energy into helping Toni through what was a difficult pregnancy for other reasons altogether," the GoFundMe page said.

Money raised will help pay for diapers, food, clothes, toys, childcare, activities, and an education for Paulie.

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